Molly Reviews: Once A Seal by Kate Pearce (Morgan Ranch Book 0.5)

After an eventful career as a Navy SEAL, Jay Williams returns home to Morgantown, California to take over the running of his family’s bar. After being rescued from a hostage situation and barely emerging alive Erin Cooper definitely has trust issues… There’s only one person who will tell her the truth. Her mystery SEAL might not know it, but he’s her last chance…

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This story tried to be too many things at once and fit in too many plot points for the length. What wound up happening is the story is rushed and bit of a jumble as everything gets crammed in. The characters aren’t fleshed out as well as they could have been so I wound up not connecting to any of them and wasn’t invested in Jay or Erin as individuals or as a couple. The suspense came in fits and starts and didn’t flow naturally in the story. It was interesting but I would have liked it to be laid out better so it was easier to know what was going on. I would have connected with it better. I did like how it was all wrapped up by the end of the book so I wasn’t left hanging wanting to know what happened. The romance part of the story also came in fits and starts. Erin and Jay went forward and backward in the relationship but you never got the sense they were truly together or truly felt anything for each other. Their emotions came off wooden and forced. Their joyful first “I love you”s at the end of the book didn’t fit with how they acted towards each other at any point before them. I did like the cast of characters around Erin and Jay. You can tell it’s meant to be a setup for future stories in the series. The ending is a bit rushed and leaves me wondering if Jay and Erin are going to make it long term and if they truly have feelings for each other.

About Kate:
NYT and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce was born in England in the middle of a large family of girls and quickly found that her imagination was far more interesting than real life. After acquiring a degree in history and barely escaping from the British Civil Service alive, she moved to California and then to Hawaii with her kids and her husband and set about reinventing herself as a romance writer.

She is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance clichés. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance, and whatever else she can imagine.

Author Contact:
You can find Kate at her website at, on Facebook as Kate Pearce, and on Twitter as Kate4queen.


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